True to the tradition by which he seeks to keep his works shrouded in mystery until their moment of revelation, Dimitris Papaioannou is working hard to surprise his loyal fans once again with a second production at the OCC to be staged in 2017.
As an artist, performer, comic creator, choreographer, director and exhibition curator, Dimitris Papaioannou is always one step ahead. The legendary Edafos Dance Theatre which he founded and created with Angeliki Stellatou stirred up the Greek dance scene of the Eighties and Nineties with productions that inducted audiences into a highly personal visual universe. Then, riding the wave of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the acclaimed opening and closing ceremonies which he oversaw as creative director, Papaioannou broke new ground with performances that attracted audiences in numbers near unprecedented for contemporary dance. The choreographer used cutting-edge technology to frame his personal artistic world in productions like 2
and INSIDE, but Primal Matter
and Still Life, which
marked an opening up to international scenes, saw him return to a more pared-down aesthetic. Papaioannou continued to moves easily between the spectacle of opening ceremonies and more personal works whose gaze is fixed on the world as he knows it.
But what can we expect from Dimitris Papaioannou now? Clearly, to illuminate life once more with his gaze, and to imbue it with the magic we so desperately need...